Reports this week have been published about the world’s oldest “message in a bottle” being found. The bottle washed up at Amrum Island, Germany, on 17th April 2015, 108 years after being dropped as part of a science experiment.

The historic missive was sent by George Parker Bidder between 1904 and 1906 - along with a postcard and the promise of a shilling to the finder.

old message bottleGeorge Parker Bidder

It was eventually picked up in April last year by retired post office worker Marianne Winkler as she holidayed on the island of Amrum, off the north coast of Germany.

Mrs Winkler said: “It's always a joy when someone finds a message in a bottle on the beach”

This week, Guinness confirmed that it now held the world record for the oldest ever message of its kind to be discovered.

A Spokesman said: 'The oldest message in a bottle spent 108 years and 138 days at sea after being released by the Marine Biological Association (UK) in the North Sea (52° 4.8' N; 003° 37' E), on 30th November 1906. The previous record holder had spent 99 years and 43 days at sea and was released in 1914 as part of a similar research experiment.

Mr Bidder was president of the MBA 1939-1945 and released over 1,000 bottles between 1904 and 1906 as part of his research to find out about deep sea currents.

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